Colombia Belgium comic strip exchange

A Comic strip exchange between Bogota and Brussels




Sindy Elefante working with the group in Bogota
Workshop in Brussels
Xavier Löwenthal (BE) and Sindy Elefante (CO) explaining exercise at Brussels workshop
Colombian ambassador Francisco J. Coy greets the teenagers at the workshop



A comic magazine creation by teenagers in Bogota, Ciudad Bolivar and Brussels, Molenbeek in collaboration with illustrators Sindy Elefante and Xavier Löwenthal.


The artistic perspective is important in the context of intercultural relations and community development. Artists can often come up with innovative ways of approaching different issues. This creates disruption and new attitudes within, and between, communities. Artistic projects have the power to unite people from various walks of life and offer fresh and positive opportunities to work on priority topics.


In this project illustrators work with teenagers from Molenbeek, Brussels and from Ciudad Bolivar in Bogota. The groups of teenagers are offered to co-create a cartoon magazine during a process lasting a couple of month’s time.

The cartoon magazine shall be ready in June 2019. A launch of the magazine and a conference about working methods in the project are planned for September 2019.


Group of partners:
Arts Lab Bxl, The Belgian Comic Strip Center, Brussels, Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale, Molenbeek Foyer, Molenbeek, La Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles (PCI), War Child Colombia, Fundacion Pepaso, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Belgium (through the Embassy of Belgium, Bogota) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Colombia (through the embassy of Colombia in Brussels).


Management of project

Andrea Alfonso Rodriguez, Cultural attaché, Embassy of Colombia in Belgium
Johanna Suo, Expert cultural strategy, ifa laboratory